Happy Easter! 🙂
How are you?
How did you spend your Holy Week?
I spent the Holy Week with my family in our province.
While on a Zoom (work) meeting one day, my brother knocked on my door.
He served me banana cue for snacks which he himself cooked.
Inside my room was our little 10-year old brother watching a Netflix cartoons movie on my iPad.
He likes to spend time with me and barge in even when I’m in the middle of work. Hehe.
Such a confident, sweet, little brother.
Papa cooked our lunch and dinner that day.
I live for moments like that.
I didn’t come from a financially rich family, but we’re rich in terms of meaningful moments of connections.
Today, I’d like to talk about the importance of disconnecting to connect.
Inspired by someone I admire, I went offline for 46 days — from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
Caveat: I only used FB/IG for a maximum of 30 or 45 minutes in a span of 46 days when I needed to post time-sensitive content.
It’s one of the most beautiful digital detoxes I’ve ever done!
Here’s what I’ve gained from that experience:
1. Clarity of mind
My mind was so clear because I only fed it with what what I wanted to consume.
I made clear and wise decisions, too.
Rationale: Everything we consume on social media enters our subconscious mind.
We need to filter what we feed our eyes and mind.
2. Quality and refreshing sleep
I felt so rested and refreshed after each sleep. I woke up refreshed as well.
Rationale: Have you ever experienced getting up the next day feeling so tired because your mind was racing the entire night? One reason is because your mind may be full of relevant and irrelevant stuff that got mixed up in your subconscious mind during your sleep.
3. More present and connected
I was more present in what I was doing and who I was with.
I was living in the moment.
Rationale: Sometimes, we can get so addicted to social media and to the online world.
For example, you dined in a beautiful restaurant.
Sometimes, the first thing we do is to spend the first few minutes to take instagrammable photos of the food, then we post the photos right away, and spend a few more minutes thinking of a catchy caption.
During the meal, we half consciously check our phones and see how many likes or comments that post garnered.
We’re not fully present. We live in dual world — offline and online.
Have you tried going offline yet?
How was your experience?
If you haven’t done so yet, try doing it as an experiment.
You can go offline for a day and see how it adds more meaning and value to your life.
I have good news!
I shared it here: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7051159867935379456/
I’ll share more details in another post.
I wish you fearless possibilities! 🙂
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